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Secret ISIS terror unit reportedly training British militants in Syria to carry out attacks at home

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A very SECRETIVE unit behind the Paris and Brussels atrocities is training ISIS militants to launch murderous attacks in Britain, a captured member of the terror group has claimed. The ISIS fighter said European fanatics are put through a grueling seven-month training camp before being smuggled out of Syria on a deadly mission to bring carnage to the West, according to the British Sunday Times.

Would-be suicide bombers are coached in bomb making, put through harsh physical endurance tests and drilled in fanatical ideology as they prepare to blow themselves up. The captured militant said:

“It takes seven months to be trained in al-Kharsa brigade. It is very hard. If 20 start the training, only five finish it. Then after that they go back to Europe and attack.”

And British and European militants who cannot travel to Syria are given online instruction by the ISIS “external operations unit” in how to carry out mass casualty atrocities, he said. One such attack by a “sleeper cell” in Britain is said to have been foiled before the terrorists could put their plan into action.

The captured militant’s account appears to tally with US and British intelligence reports that an ISIS external operations unit was behind the linked Paris and Brussels attacks that killed more than 160 people. Belgian-born Abdelhamid Abaaou­d is thought to traveled a number of times between Syria and his home country.

He was a handler in the ISIS external attack planning agency, according to interrogation transcripts from European intelligence agencies. Other members of the Paris terror cell and Brussels bomber Najim Laachra­oui appear to have received training from the same division in Syria.

Now the ISIS prisoner – who was interviewed by the Sunday Times in front of his Kurdish captors – has for the first time revealed the name of the Syrian training unit, the al-Kharsa brigade.

He said: “The attacks that happened in Paris and Brussels, the attackers were trained by them and left from Syria to Europe. “Sometimes there are foreigners who come to Syria and have training for specific missions. Then they do the attacks alone. Others are sleeper cells in Europe who want to join Daesh here, but can’t. They stay in their countries and contact (ISIS). Then they talk, and when they are ready they do the bombings.

He claimed the unit was still operational and using a smuggling route via Turkey as recently as February, despite huge losses of territory to Kurdish and Syrian government forces. The European fighter told how he married a Syrian woman when he arrived two and a half years ago and has close knowledge of al-Kharsa through his brother-in-law, a high-level ISIS commander.

Paris attack ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaou­d is thought to have been trained by ISIS in Syria and was a handler for the group’s external attack planning agency

He estimated 50 fanatics from countries including Germany, France, Belgium and Britain had completed the special training program. He said:

“They will make more suicide attacks in Europe because the coalition is bombing them a lot. They also want to carry out attacks in Lebanon.”

Last week, a list of 173 fanatics poised to strike in Europe had been found in a former ISIS stronghold in Mosul, Iraq.

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Syrian Army poised to kick ISIL out of Hama

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Sweeping across the outskirts of the Syrian city of Salаmiyah, Syrian government forces are now poised to move against the last Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) foothold in Hama province.

Syrian army units aided by Qalamoun Shield Forces have managed to seize control of strategic elevated positions on the eastern outskirts of Salаmiyah and are now ready to advance on the town of Uqayribat – the last Daesh stronghold in Hama province.

A source in the Syrian military told Sputnik Arabic that “Syrian army and allied forces managed to secure elevated positions near the village of Salba. These positions allow the army to advance on Uqayribat and to shell Daesh militants entrenched in Salba.”

The source also said that this military operation was further complicated by the fact that the militants used tunnels and rocky terrain features in an attempt to halt the advance of the government forces.

Having secured the road leading to Salamiyah and Raqqa, the Syrian army is now getting ready to deal yet another blow to Daesh forces by liberating Uqayribat.

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Jack Holmes – the British sniper fighting ISIL

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Jack Holmes, who traveled to Syria to fight with the Kurdish YPG group against Islamic State, speaks to Sky News almost a year on from when he left his job as an IT worker to become a sniper.

Jack Holmes, 23, an IT worker from Bournemouth with no military training, already have spent almost a two years with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, the militia whose actions in north-eastern Syria have been supported by US-led coalition air strikes.

Jack was injured, hit on the upper right arm by a sniper during a ferocious gun battle with ISIS near the town of Tel Tamer.

Like many Western volunteers, they joined the YPG through social media and flew to Iraq, where they were taken to a ‘safe house’ for a few days before being smuggled across the border to Syria. ‘The training only lasted a few days and didn’t go much beyond learning to strip a Kalashnikov blindfolded,’ said Jack.

Today, take a look how he sees his efforts in Syria and overall conflict from his perspective.

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